Author and historian Michael Knox Beran discusses his most recent book Forge of Empires: Three Revolutionary Statesmen and the World They Made on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Forge of Empires explains how Abraham Lincoln, Otto von Bismarck, and Czar Alexander II in the space of a decade transformed the United States, Germany, and Russia into world powers that would dominate the 20th century.
Beran tells the stories of the three leaders from the point of view of those who participated in events between 1861 and 1871—among them Walt Whitman and Friedrich Nietzsche, Mary Chesnut and Leo Tolstoy, Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Complete the form below or call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore. (angelakille)